This full day, small group wine tasting tour explores the world-renowned Cape Winelands wine region, which has come to produce some of South Africa’s finest wines. Over the course of the day, accompanied by an expert guide, you will visit Stellenbosch, Franschoek and Paarl, tasting wines at some of the region’s best wine estates.
Depart from Cape Town, heading inland to the historic heart of South Africa's wine industry. Enjoy some time in Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa. Walk down the tree-lined avenues passing beautifully preserved historic buildings, cafes, boutiques and art galleries. Simon van der Stel - the Governor of the Cape Colony at the time - established the town in 1679 and the remaining Cape Dutch architecture gives a sense of this Dutch colonial history. However, ten years later in 1690, French Huguenot refugees settled in the area and planted grapes in the fertile valleys around Stellenbosch giving way to the birth of the South African Wine Industry. . Enjoy a wine tasting in a Stellenbosch wine estate before continuing your journey.
Travel over the Helshoogte Pass to the town of Franschoek. Billed as the gourmet capital of South Africa, this charming town, in the most picturesque valley, retains a strong French Huguenot style represented in the longstanding architecture and lifestyle. Enjoy a wine tasting before taking the time to enjoy the fabled culinary skills of the Franschoek chefs at one of the many award-winning restaurants (at own expense).
Onward to Paarl, one of the Capes first farming districts. Renowned for its scenic beauty and deep viticulture and fruit-growing heritage, Paarl’s fertile soil and Mediterranean-like climate provided the perfect conditions for farming. Settlers planted orchards, vegetable gardens and grape vineyards, thus rooting Paarl’s long and continuing history as a major wine and fruit producing area of South Africa.
Enjoy a final wine tasting before returning to the bustle of the city after an enthralling day in the countryside. The tour ends with drop off at your hotel.
This tour also operates on a private basis. Contact us for details and prices.
- Visits to 3 wine estates & wine tastings
- Sightseeing and Entrance Fees as per itinerary.
- Expert guide
- Pick up / Drop off in Cape Town
Pick up from your central Cape Town hotel